Here are the members of the Economic Growth DC team:
Lisa Pintner is a Member of the Board of Directors of Economic Growth DC. She is also a Director of Sales Planning & Enablement for Cisco Systems, a Fortune 100 technology company with offices in the District of Columbia. Lisa leads a diverse, global team that drives field enablement for Cisco’s $10 billion services business. Lisa has been with Cisco in sales management and enablement since 2000. Prior to joining Cisco, she was in account management with Ameritech (now AT&T), MCI (now Verizon) and various other technology companies. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She resides on Capitol Hill in the District.
Beth Kingsley serves as the general counsel for Economic Growth DC. She is a partner at Harmon Curran Spielberg + Eisenberg LLP. Beth has a B.A. from Oberlin College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She focuses on the representation of nonprofit organizations and political campaigns, providing a full range of general counsel services to a variety of nonprofits, including private foundations, associations, community-based groups, national and international public interest organizations, as well as political organizations and candidates. Her expertise includes the areas of state and federal tax exemption, lobbying and policy advocacy, and compliance with campaign finance laws. Beth co-chairs the subcommittee on Politics and Lobbying Activities of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the ABA Tax Section.
Sara Dajani is counsel to Economic Growth DC. She is also an associate attorney at the Berenzweig Leonard law firm. Sara has extensive transactional and commercial litigation experience. Prior to joining Berenzweig Leonard, she was a fellow at the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center. At the center she helped initiate suits and filed amicus briefs in precedent setting cases impacting small businesses nationwide. Sara received a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude from George Mason, and her J.D. from Georgetown University. She resides in northern Virginia.
Sadaqat Ahmad is a software developer and private equity investor, with a majority of his investments focused in the field of next generation weapons manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Defense. He is actively involved in Virginia and D.C. politics. He is a part of an initiative in Reston, Virginia to incorporate the community into an official municipality and city in Fairfax County. He is a 2015 National Review Institute Fellow and a 2016 Catholic Information Center Fellow. He excelled at McGill University in Montreal studying Economics after graduating from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he grew up. He currently resides in Reston Town Center, Virginia, where he is a strong advocate for Northern Virginia’s “hacking, makerspace, and Internet of Things” movement at NoVA Labs.
Colby Waller is the Communications Director of Economic Growth DC. He is also the Owner and Creative Director of THOR Design Studio, a full-service graphic design firm based in the District of Columbia. THOR provides world-class design and development services to its clients across a wide range of media. The firm’s robust portfolio includes work in traditional print and web, mobile and tablet, branding and logo development, and documentary video.
Prior to opening THOR, Colby was Creative Director at Rock Creek Strategic Marketing, Associate Art Director at Kalmbach Publishing. His wide range of clients have included National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, the IFC and World Bank, and numerous other government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. Colby received a BA in Advertising from Marquette University, an Associates Degree in Design from Milwaukee Area Technical College, and is finishing a Masters program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in New Media Photojournalism. Colby resides on Capitol Hill in the District.